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March 2012

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  • Raewyn, Reviews

    An unbecoming review!

    12.03.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on An unbecoming review!

    The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, by Michelle Hodkin

    How is it that Mara escaped the totally destroyed building with a sore head and all her friends died? Who bashed in the head of that dog-beating hulk of a man near her school? What strange things are happening to the wildlife in their new home town? So many alligators dead all at once! Could these incidents be related? And why does she have to be attracted to the best looking guy at school who can only mean trouble!

    A strange and haunting tale of life with amnesia and self discovery.

    ~ Raewyn

  • Fashion Friday, Le Chic Librarian

    Fashion Friday

    09.03.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on Fashion Friday


     If you enjoy experimenting with your hair and make-up or you love all things retro, then you’ll enjoy these two new books at the library.  Style Me Vintage covers both Make Up and Hairstyles – and they’re definitely inspiring.  You’ll have a new old look before you know it!

  • Internet, Library Serf, Movies

    Prepare yourself for the games

    07.03.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on Prepare yourself for the games

    The 74th Hunger Games are nearly upon us (attendance is mandatory). In the intervening two (!) weeks, you can familiarise yourself with the politics of Panem: visit the official government webpage. It has really cool landscape navigation (fancy scrolling right instead of down!). You can become a citizen (District 4’s population could do with a boost). Or find out if the trackerjackers are particularly bad this season, or keep up to date with Capitol news. Plus more.

    (You can also pre-purchase tickets to the film – the first showing as at one minute past midnight on Thursday the 22nd of March.)

  • Art, Isn't that cool?, Library Serf, Not Library Related, Science!

    Cool Space Photos

    06.03.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on Cool Space Photos

    If you shoot a satellite into space, give it a camera and nothing better to do, it takes really great photos of earth.

    Some highlights: Ireland, complete with aqua-coloured plankton blooms, the Hawaiian Islands, and the Great Barrier Reef.

    (Found via metafilter)

  • Fashion Friday, Le Chic Librarian

    Fashion Friday

    02.03.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on Fashion Friday

    Syndetics book coverBorn to be Brad: my life and style, so far

    Hot new(ish) Hollywood-stylist-to-the-stars Brad Goreski has a book!  And we have bought it! 
    So if you’re a fan of uber stylist Rachel Zoe perhaps you might not want to read about her protege turned fremeny.  Ahh, feuding celebrities…..

    Brad is awfully cute and twee though isn’t he, how can we resist?!

  • Books, Library Serf, News

    New Zealand Post Book Awards Finalists

    01.03.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on New Zealand Post Book Awards Finalists

    The finalists for the young adult category of this year’s New Zealand Post Book Awards have been announced! Congratulations to the authors! Take one (or more) out and read it today! Then you can vote for your favourite and go into the draw to win $500 of book tokens for yourself and $500 for your school.

    The Bridge, Jane Higgins – “The city is at war. Southside, the hostiles live in squalor and desperation. They’re hungry to cross the river. Cityside, ISIS is in charge, the brains behind the war. Its job—keep the hostiles at bay. ISIS only recruits the best for its elite command. Nik is smart. Very smart. So why does ISIS reject him? Before he can find out, his school is bombed. The hostiles take the bridges, and they’ve kidnapped Fyffe’s brother Sol. Now Nik is on the run. And Fyffe is going with him. Across the bridge.” (author’s website)

    Calling the Gods, Jack Lasenby – “Banishment is the cruellest punishment, and Selene is being driven out unjustly by her own people. A story of violence, love and courage, of leadership and betrayal, a tale of a young woman’s heroic persistence against impossible odds. First person recount.” (catalogue)

    Dirt Bomb, Fleur Beale – “Jake’s life is sweet and he wouldn’t change a thing. He’s got no money and doesn’t have a mobile, but he’s got two best mates; Buzz and Robbie. Buzz is generous and doesn’t mind buying stuff for his mates. Robbie has the idea of rescuing an old wreck from a ditch and making it into a paddock basher. Buzz, however, puts a spanner in the works by saying he’s not paying for it all, it’s even stevens or no deal. Robbie gets a job, but Jake refuses. It’s just not his style to work for a boss. But he desperately wants to drive that car, and the others are going to go ahead without him.” (catalogue)

    Sacrifice, Joanna Orwin – “Several generations after volcanic eruptions and tsunamis caused the onset of the Dark, descendants of the few survivors struggle to maintain their communities in the swamplands at the far north of New Zealand. Every five years, youths are selected to venture south to search for any remaining food sources. Taka is determined to be one of those chosen, but he is unaware of the daunting new challenges and the sacrifices which may be required of this group of Travellers if their people are to survive.” (catalogue)

    Yes, Deborah Burnside – “Marty knows that when his mate Luke attempts to involve him in another crazy venture, it’s futile to resist. This time it’s the Young Enterprise Scheme. Luke believes it will make them rich and popular, and along the way will capture the heart of his elusive love. Reluctantly Marty says yes. And what comes next is a whole lot bigger and weirder than he could ever have imagined.” (catalogue)

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